Sometimes, good news comes in small increments like the forecasts for Utah's air quality and weather heading toward the weekend.
After "Red," or unhealthy air quality ratings for most of the Wasatch Front at the mid-week, only Cache and Utah counties remained with the dread crimson flag on Thursday. By Friday, the Utah Division of Air Quality said, less severe "Yellow," or compromised breathability was to be the rule for almost the entire state; the only exception was southwestern Utah's Washington County, which was expected to unfurl a "Green," or healthy air quality banner on Friday.
While regional wildfire-stoked, smoky skies were diminishing, northern Utahns looked for high temperatures in the mid-80s and overnight lows in the mid-50s. To the south, the mercury was to climb into the mid-90s with nighttime lows near 60 degrees.